What is it about race relations in this country that we allow the slow creep of woke agenda to permeate every part of society without a reaction to this “cancel culture“ inspired move toward changing our identity.
It is pretty obvious that we are capture to the whims of those who are intent on eliminating every part of our history that offends or isn’t slavishly adhering to the revisionist version of our heritage.
What have we become? - a pathetic bunch of lame brains who are content to see the distorted rants of radicals supplanting the records of those who fought and died in defence of a proud multi cultural upbringing that offers equal opportunity for all.
Why are we not pushing back against this current attempt to change the face of who we are. We are New Zealanders - not Aotearoeans We are all part of a multi cultural society that has added some of the best and worst aspects of foreign cultures from whence we all originated.
For us, it has been a relatively short process of assimilation compared to the histories of other countries that have been subject to multiple bloody invasions which effectively wiped out centuries of building structures for peaceful co-existence.
While on the subject of nation building, it is pertinent to acknowledge New Zealand’s development history and the key events that contributed to making us who we are today.
I am probably going to establish myself as a candidate for “burning at the stake” with my next comments but that isn’t a good enough reason for denying the truth about who we are or not referring to the timeline of how we got here.
If it is so important to selectively acknowledge the importance of one of our main contributing cultures at the expense of the other, then surely it is fair to also reflect on the dark part of that same culture that required the introduction of the other to save itself from self annihilation.
Contrary to the woke version of this nation's history which presents everything Maori as wonderful and everything else as destructive, the truth is that Maori tribal warfare (musket wars) had effectively destroyed the Morioris as a sovereign state and reduced the total population of Maori living in New Zealand from an estimated 100,000 souls to about 60,000. Maori achieved that milestone all on their own. The only contribution from foreign countries to those statistics was via the colonial forces invited here by Iwi leaders in order to stop the carnage.
Yet we are being told that the Maori history is the favoured one which deserves recognition in all its glory - while the European influence remains only as a blot on the landscape for which we continue to pay never ending compensation.
It is farcical. As a pakeha kiwi, l am ashamed that we should even be contemplating the possibility of a name change.
Like so many proud New Zealanders, my family lost relatives who died fighting in both world wars on the battlefields of foreign countries.
Their mission was simple. It required the supreme sacrifice of so many relatively innocent souls of both Maori and Pakeha decent who embarked on these campaigns in the full knowledge that they offered the only protection of our version of a free society for future generations.
We should not be participants in a move that besmirches their memory in favour of adopting a cosmetic change that lacks moral justification.
We have more important things to do that involve working together.
A name change isn’t one of them.
Clive Bibby is a commentator, consultant, farmer and community leader, who lives in Tolaga Bay.